Stranger Things has been the talk of the internet for obvious reasons – the mixture of genres, the 80s setting, the suspense, the horror. It’s a great show! And with its recent conclusion, fans are left to wonder what they should do in order to keep their mind off the open-endedness of it all. The second season is coming this 2017 so there’s a lot of time to re-watch the whole sci-fi, horror, what-do-you-call-this fest. Some of you here are thinking twice about catching up on the series. I probably know why: too many people are yapping about it, your friends haven’t watched it yet and you’re waiting for their opinion or maybe, you just don’t have the time.
All of us have differing opinions as to what makes a good show. Stranger Things easily crawled to the top of my list for a multitude of reasons. Here are some of them.
Stranger Things is only 8 episodes long.
With what little time I had, I managed to make the most of my weekend by binge watching this god-awesome show. Each episode is more or less 45 minutes long. Of course, each one closes with a nice little cliffhanger to keep you hooked but that’s the best part about watching an already-complete series right? You don’t have to wait an entire week for the next episode!
The characters are great! Well, except for the excessively annoying ones.
You probably know Barb already. Let’s not talk about her because – SPOILER ALERT! – she dies. -SPOILER END!- Anyway, there are plenty of characters to care about in this series and admittedly, in the beginning, I hated one of them (*ahem* Nancy *ahem*). A part of what makes this series great is that there’s more focus on building the plot than giving the audience a bunch of characters to dislike. A real villain exists – and it’s pretty darn nasty. The show does have its own set of irritating personalities but their screen time is relatively short.
It plays around with a ton of genres
When my friends were asking me for my opinion on the series, their first question was “What is its genre?”. To be honest, that’s a tough one. Stranger Things really experimented with genres. There’s sci-fi, supernatural horror, romance, mystery, detective fiction and thriller.
It’s one of those rare shows that rely so little on CGI
The story might be driven by supernatural circumstances, but it doesn’t rely heavily on CGI. Sure the Demogorgon (Dungeons & Dragons-inspired name for the monster on the show) might be all CG but he appears very infrequently. Most of the stories these days rely on mind-blowing visuals. This show is a breath of fresh air from that kind of thing.
It’s on effing Netflix!
So you could watch it anytime you want as long as you have a subscription. Now if you’re looking for reasons to get a Netflix subscription, that’s another topic entirely. Go play Dungeons & Dragons with your pals while you ponder on that life-changing decision.
What are you waiting for? If you haven’t watched it, go ahead and watch it now! If you haven’t, then share your thoughts about the show with us in the comments section below!